Vanilla Poached Pears with Chocolate and Almonds

by Michelle on December 24, 2010

I served the Vanilla Pears with Chocolate and Almonds last year for our Christmas Eve dinner and they were so easy to make and so pretty. I actually saw a photo of Chocolate-dipped Pears in magazine advertisement for wine, tore out the photo and went to work figuring out a recipe. I’m considering making the Pears again this year but for our New Year’s Eve dinner.

Vanilla Poached Pears with Chocolate and Almonds
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

Abt 3 cups white wine (Riesling is nice but any sweet white wine is fine)
1 cup water
2 TBL vanilla sugar (if no vanilla sugar just use granular sugar)
1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped (you can substitute 1 tsp vanilla)
4 firm Pears with a sturdy stem, peeled leaving the stem intact
Chocolate for dipping
Sliced Almonds
Coarse White Sugar

1. Place the white wine, sugar and vanilla bean into a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer.
2. Peel pears, careful to leave stem intact and place in the saucepan.
3. Add enough water to adequately cover pears and simmer until pears are just starting to soften.
4. Remove pan from burner and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
5. Remove pears and set upright on a plate. You may have to trim the bottom of each pear to make then stand up.
6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a Chocolate Melting Pot.
7. When chocolate has completely melted and pears have cooled to room temperature, lay out a sheet of parchment paper and dip pears in chocolate.
8. Carefully place sliced almonds in soft chocolate. Don’t be afraid to place the almonds, the chocolate is soft and acts like glue. Set pear on parchment paper to cool.
9. Plate, sprinkle with Coarse White Sugar and serve.

A friend sent me the below video on Christmas morning. It is so beautiful, if you have five minutes, it’s certainly worth your time!

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  • Sheila December 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Merry Christmas, Michelle! Those look divine!

    Here’s hoping your Christmas is the merriest and the brightest one yet!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • pam December 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love poached pears, but have never had them dipped!! Merry Christmas!

  • Melanie December 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The pears look wonderful!!! I am very hungry for some fruit right now. Reminded me of a recipe I saw in Giada’s new cookbook that was poached pears, I believe, and used Moscato dessert wine. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  • tasteofbeirut December 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    This dessert is tempting me: elegant easy to make and not too rich! Perfect ending to a holiday meal!

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